BALTIMORE — A North Baltimore resident was inside her kitchen Thursday evening when he heard shots fired.
At that moment, police said a pregnant woman and her child's father were shot and killed around 8 p.m. near E. 23rd and Barclay streets. Their baby, who had to be delivered immediately, is fighting for its life.
“I was in my kitchen preparing some food and I heard some shots rang out," said the North Baltimore resident, who didn't want to be identified. "Afterwards, I stepped out on to the street and I saw people gathering around the truck that had been hit. I saw the woman, they put her on a stretcher and they put her into the ambulance then there was a man who they pulled out.”
Family members shared a picture of 38-year-old Angel Smith and her boyfriend, who police have not identified, who were gunned down in a car. Family members said they were expecting their second child together.
Police said two people in a car drove up next to them and fired shots.
The father was taken to Johns Hopkins where he died from his injuries. Smith was able to give emergency birth but died a short time after.
Many neighbors said they are praying for these families who lost loved ones and praying for that newborn baby now fighting for its life.
Residents and family want justice for the two killed Thursday night.
"It was over 15 shots, constantly," neighbor Mikkea Rowe said. "I heard 'pop pop pop pop pop pop,' so loud.I heard all the people yelling and screaming.
Rowe was at the scene on E. 23rd Street when the 7-month pregnant woman was put in an ambulance and taken to Johns Hopkins.
"There was so much bloods. It’s just crazy," Rowe said.
Family members said they leave behind a 1-year-old girl, and now a premature newborn birthed at 7 months.
“She was a person who was loved and had a community around her and she was looking forward to bringing a new life into the world," a neighbor said. "At the end of the day, you pulled the trigger, you killed a pregnant woman. Thankfully the life of the child was spared. Turn yourself in. You don’t deserve to walk around and live a free life and be happy and go about your day when a pregnant woman was taken out by your pulling the trigger so turn yourself in.”
The father's family has created a go fund me to help with funeral expenses.
There is a $16,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Through our Re-Fund The Police initiative, the state is matching all Crime Stoppers rewards that lead to arrests.— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) May 15, 2022
We are offering an additional $8,000 for information on the murder of Mr. Yahmeli Montague and Ms. Angel Smith. Send tips to @MCSMaryland at 1-866-756-2587. https://t.co/0dOFU9B8Zp